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Climate change financing dropped from G20 draft statement

March 17, 2017

By Paul Homewood




There have been suggestions of this coming this week.

From Reuters:


Opposition from the United States, Saudi Arabia and others has forced Germany to drop a reference to financing programs to combat climate change from the draft communique at a G20 finance and central bankers meeting.

A G20 official taking part in the meeting said on Friday that efforts by the German G20 presidency to keep the wording on climate change financing had run into resistance.

"Climate change is out for the time being," said the official, who asked not to be named.

At their last meeting in July 2016 in the Chinese city of Chengdu, the G20 financial leaders said they encouraged all signatories of the Paris Agreement on climate change to bring the deal into force as soon as possible.

But U.S. President Donald Trump, who took office in November, has called global warming a "hoax" concocted by China to hurt U.S. industry and vowed to unpick the Paris climate accord that is supposed to curb rising temperatures.

Under the Chinese G20 presidency, finance ministers last year called on all governments to implement financial commitments made under the Paris deal in a "timely" way and promised to continue working on climate finance in 2017.

Trump’s administration on Thursday proposed a 31 percent cut to the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget, as the White House seeks to eliminate climate change programs and trim initiatives to protect air and water quality.

Asked about climate change programs, Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s budget director, told reporters on Thursday "we consider that to be a waste of (Americans’) money."

"I think the president is fairly straightforward. We’re not spending money on that," he said.


Some have been concerned about an apparent backtracking by the Trump administration on climate change.

My view is that he is happy to push things forward on the basis of gradual, commonsense policies, rather ideological ones. Both will end up with the same result.

We have already had an indication of this with his recent withdrawal of funds from UN climate programmes.

  1. March 18, 2017 6:32 am

    I hope you are right about Trump’s gradual approach to the climate change scam. I was looking forward to an immediate knock-out blow.

    • nigel permalink
      March 18, 2017 9:34 am

      I am sure Trump is well aware of the advantages of sly, indirect, attack. The Left has used it for as long as I can remember:

      “…another Peke’s been stifled…Macavity’s not there!”

      The Left’s error has always been to indulge in premature “outing” of Macavity – otherwise, ‘the hidden Paw!”

  2. roger permalink
    March 18, 2017 9:35 am

    Boiling the frog is a practical solution to overweening Democratic Judges until they can be replaced.
    Draining the swamp works on the same principle.

  3. Ex-expat Colin permalink
    March 18, 2017 9:56 am

    Think Trump has said all he is likely to say on CC. He understands the debt magnitude and has mentioned it needs to fall…a lot.

    If he can get the budget satisfactorily past the Senate we may see some fall off in the madness. Its going to be a fairly long fight I think and the airheads in Govt here won’t move despite the call for cut backs….NI and all that.

  4. HotScot permalink
    March 18, 2017 9:57 am

    Softly, Softly, catchee monkey.

  5. March 18, 2017 11:36 am

    Just consider who President Trump chose to be director of the EPA–former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt. No accident here. The Donald also began immediately to rescind EPA regulations which were shutting down coal mining and natural gas. Mines are re-opening, steel mills are tooling back up and the 2 major pipelines are moving forward.

  6. CheshireRed permalink
    March 18, 2017 12:54 pm

    Looks like Trump is set on playing a calmer game of climate policy destruction rather than the ‘bull in a china shop’ routine. His central message is crystal clear though.

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